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jackr21 posted:
A friend of mine, age 50, who I play tennis with was diagnosed with a probable meniscus tear in the left knee. she is waiting to have the MRI done and will have the surgery. I have some questions:

While waiting to get this taken care of, she occasionally has it pop and it is then very painful. It feels better, but then the slightest twisting motion seems to injure it worse. She could not put any weight on it tonight. What do you think keeps happening? Is it tearing worse? If so, what can we do until the injury can be repaired?

After surgery, how long is the recovery period and what are the rehab steps in the recovery process? How long until she could resume playing tennis?

Is it best to seek out a specific type of doctor for the surgery? Are there knee specialist who do surgeries on athletes that would be better than a regular orthopedic surgeon?

Thank you for any help you can give me.
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jusim81 responded:
I am not a Dr. but I had a this type of surgery twice in the past. After the surgery, I walked with crutches for a few days only. I started physiotherapy 2-3 weeks post-op and felt comfortable returning to sports 3-4 months after the surgery. This is my personal experience, the time your friend will need to recover depends on her body's recovery speed.

As for the popping sound, I can't tell you exactly what it is. She could try bracing it when she's doing her daily walking while she awaits the MRI and surgery.


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